I normally link videos directly but this one’s rather spectacular despite being locked to the site.
TLDR? Ultrasounds during pregnancy are not good. [Read more...]
The Indian Council of Historical Research is a body that receives funding from the Indian government with regards to history. A lot of it’s work involves development of history textbooks.
One of the things I have mentioned is that Indian history is often warped to portray Indian history in a way more positive light.
The two examples I quote are Subash Chandra Bose, a man who threw his lot in with the Empire of the Sun and Nazi Germany. Yes, the man is a fascist and even has airports named after him…
And the other is a tale about the first Mughal Emperor, Babur. Babur’s story is told as one where he lead his troops to drink from a stream, leaving those who plunged their heads into the water behind as he regarded them as unaware and thoughtless. That was the source of his victory.
Not the first usage of cannons in Indian warfare that he brought with him that effectively changed how war was fought.
History is rewritten to be more romantic and more fantastic rather than realistic. And it allows for this fantasy that the past of India was this paradise ruined by the Brits. And no where is this seen by the new head of the ICHR, Yellapragada Sudarshan Rao was a member of the Hindutva group, the RSS and his fundamentalist leanings shine through in this interview. [Read more...]
Must disagree with some of the conclusions and comments. Prof. Dawkins has repeatedly made clear his disdain for all religions as forces against reason and the progress of humankind. As well he has made it clear that he is not opposed to the people of said religions themselves, but the religions themselves. I have listened to many of Pat Condell’s rants and agree with some but not all of his conclusions on religion in general and Islam specifically. Doesn’t mean he is not a bigot inside or gets some things wrong but that also does not mean his admonitions to beware the long game of Islamists worldwide is wrong – see ISIS and their plans to reestablish a worldwide caliphate. Same with Prof. Dawkins – I find myself in agreement with much but not all of his conclusions on the evils of religion, doesn’t mean he gets it all right all the time. But to caricature him as a bigoted RW authoritarian or shit-stirring hatemonger is not only incorrect but also reprehensible. Try reading his works, listen to him speak and I think you will find your spurious conclusions about him are not accurate. Sure, criticize where disagreements exist, but you are out of bounds with such base characterizations of him and his postitions. Thanks for playing, try again with a better argument than name-calling and propagating the polarization developing within the freethinking community.
Charles Moore’s piece in the Daily Telegraph‘s gone viral. It’s created a debate of over 4000 posts and has hundreds if not thousands of views on facebook when I found it.
And I have a response. See what Charles Moore has constructed is a straw man. In fact? It’s so strawmanny I am surprised it doesn’t wander off with a girl from Kansas, her little dog, a tin man and a cowardly lion in order to look for a brain.
Atheism is a sad business is a genuinely daft argument built on denigrating atheists.
There is a double standards in the UK with regards to religion in schools. We don’t mind the teaching of “Christian” values. See Christian values are seen as local and from places that are near to us. So if we hear Christian hymns being sung in schools, we turn a blind eye to it.
If someone utters Allahu Akbar then religion has gone too far.
This one’s about Project Trojan Horse or the plan to infiltrate a mainly Muslim school and create enough changes to provide fundies with a system of recruitment of children turning it into a “Madrassa”. A word here? Madrassa means school. It doesn’t mean religious school explicitly. I went to a “madrassa” when I was younger myself.
But when we discuss it in the west we specifically refer to the madrassas that teach the “Koran”. Part brainwashing, part cram school, part philosophy class, the majority of these are designed to get kids to recite the Koran. The original “korans” were people. It was an oral tradition written down as oral reciters had a bad habit of getting killed in wars. But the problem here was that this school had a fantastic reputation, and they wished to use it to sneak nonsense under the radar. The plan failed. It was a stupid plan (since we have inspectors to ensure schools are doing their job and it would show on the results when you suddenly replaced evolution with Islamic Creationism as a subject). But needless to say it was a plot, no matter how incompetent and silly. [Read more...]
There are people who would be angry if I put spiders in their food. Why? Plenty of cultures eat them. They are a good snack, why should you consider that an insult? Or a prank?
There are people who will feel angry and violated that there are spiders in their food. I am using spiders as an example because Tarantulas are a delicacy in Khmer culture. The reason? [Read more...]